U.S. News & World Report Announces 2018-19 Best Hospitals – Two PA Hospitals Crack the Top 20

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings, today released the 2018-19 Best Hospitals rankings. The 29th annual rankings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care.

The 2018-19 rankings compared more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. This year, a total of 158 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty. More than 1,100 hospitals were rated high performing in at least one common procedure or condition, and 29 received a high performing rating in all nine procedures and conditions evaluated.

For the third consecutive year, the Mayo Clinic claimed the No. 1 spot on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. The Cleveland Clinic ranked No. 2, followed by Johns Hopkins Hospital at No. 3. The Honor Roll is a distinction awarded to 20 hospitals that deliver exceptional treatment across multiple areas of care.

For patients seeking care close to home, U.S. News also recognized the Best Regional Hospitals in 200 metro areas and regions across the U.S., ranking them based on their performance in delivering complex and common care.

The 2018-19 Best Hospitals Honor Roll

1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

2. Cleveland Clinic

3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

4. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

5. University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor

6. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco

7. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles

8. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

9. Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital, Stanford, Calif.

10. New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, N.Y.

11. (tie) Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis 

11. (tie) Mayo Clinic Phoenix  

13. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago

14. Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia  

15. (tie) NYU Langone Hospitals, New York  

15. (tie) UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Pittsburgh  

17. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.

18. Mount Sinai Hospital, New York

19. Duke University Hospital, Durham, N.C.

20. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston

Top Five Best Hospitals in Selected Specialties

Top 5: Cardiology & Heart Surgery

1. Cleveland Clinic

2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

3. Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles 

4. New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, N.Y.

5. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Top 5: Cancer

1. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

2. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York

3. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

4. Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Boston

5. Cleveland Clinic

Top 5: Orthopedics

1. Hospital for Special Surgery, New York

2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

3. Cleveland Clinic

4. (tie) Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia

4. (tie) Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

“For nearly three decades, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”

The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely or entirely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators. Prominent changes to the 2018-19 rankings methodology included more emphasis on patient outcomes and patient experience measures. For details on the 2018-19 Best Hospitals methodology updates, read more.

The rankings are produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. For more information, see the FAQ. The data experts from U.S. News and RTI will also host a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., on November 16 about recent and future updates to the methodology. The panel is among the sessions included in this year’s U.S. News Healthcare of Tomorrow summit, scheduled for November 14-16.

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